In hue news for the TCU Football program this afternoon, redshirt junior defensive end Ben Banogu announed via instragram that he would be returning for his senior season in Fort Worth this fall.
Banogu, who was projected by several draftniks to be a potential first round pick, will give TCU one more year as he looks to refine his skillset and prepare for the NFL.
Originally from McKinney, Texas, Banogu started his career at the University of Louisiana Monroe before transfering to TCU as a redshirt sophomore. After sitting out in 2016 due to transfer rules, he burst onto the scene as a junior, compiling 8.5 sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss. He was a defensive menace opposite Mat Boesen, and will be counted on to be the primary pass rusher for a young defense in 2018.
The 6’4”, 245 pound Banogu seems to be heeding the advice of his head coach, Gary Patterson, awho is always honest with his players as they look to make their draft decision:
“To be honest with you, he’s very young. He’s only played really one year of college football. He needs to get as much experience as he can. That would be my suggestion if he asked me. Because at the next level, there’s a lot of other intangibles that go into being that guy.”
Frog fans are certainly happy to get one of their best playes back, who not only has a huge impact on the field, but in the lockerrom as well. Banogu was a captain for most of the season and will be a leader as a senior this fall. Welcome back, Ben!